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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 7 Hansard (2 August) . . Page.. 2637 ..


particularly our nurses, it can also be dangerous at times because of the extreme behavioural issues of the clients in that facility.

I am concerned by the commentary of the ANMF. I expect our staff to have the training they need. I will follow up those complaints raised by the Nursing and Midwifery Federation to ensure that we are addressing the points that they have raised. As I said, I expect our staff to have adequate training. This is a young environment in the sense that it is a relatively new facility in the ACT. There is still some degree of development of protocols and standards. But it is important that we ensure a safe working environment for all of our staff as best we can and as soon as possible.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, why do staff have concerns about the adequacy of violence management training, and why do you think they have been ignored until now?

MR RATTENBURY: As I touched on, this is a difficult environment for staff to work in. There is an ongoing discussion about how we make it safe and what the right training for staff is. With these comments that were made publicly this week, it was the first time that that particular concern has been raised with me, and I will be following it up in the coming days to get to the bottom of those questions.

MS LEE: Minister, have there been cases where staff have been unable to return to work due to the extent of injury they have suffered arising out of an assault?

MR RATTENBURY: Without going into individual details, the answer to the member's question is, yes, in the short term some staff who have recently been assaulted have been able to return to work immediately. Some have had more time off as a result of the injuries they have sustained.

Housing—housing choices

MS CHEYNE: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management: can you update the Assembly on the housing choices consultation and demonstration housing project?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Cheyne for her interest in planning across the city. I begin by thanking everyone who has taken the time to get involved in the housing choices conversation to date. We have received significant feedback from the community on the housing choices discussion paper with more than 600 surveys completed, more than 340 people engaging at community kiosks and over 150 written submissions received. An engagement report providing a full summary of the feedback has been published on the your say website, and individual submissions are available on the EPSDD planning website.

Feedback has been collected via the housing choices collaboration hub. Video recordings of presentations from the collaboration hub, a detailed information kit provided to participants and additional background information have also been published on the your say website.


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